You aren’t alone if you’re one of the almost 50% of United States adults who try to lose weight each year but struggle to drop the excess pounds. Over 70% of adults in the US are overweight or obese.
Dr. Anita Petruzzelli at BodyLogicMD in Glastonbury, Connecticut, knows that many people genuinely struggle to lose weight. Far too many infomercials and online ads promote quick, almost magical, weight loss “solutions” that are more about selling a product than helping you become healthier.
Dr. Petruzzelli takes a different approach. She knows that every patient is unique and has their own specific challenges to weight loss. That’s why, as a board-certified integrative medicine specialist, her approach to weight loss is tailored to the individual and involves comprehensive testing and customized solutions.
Why can weight loss be difficult?
Have you ever wondered why it seems that some people can diet and exercise and drop pounds almost overnight, while others seem to struggle to lose any weight at all? Such differences can make you think something is wrong with you, or that you just don’t have enough self-discipline or willpower. That’s basically nonsense for many people.
Your body’s physiology is usually to blame for weight loss struggles, not your willpower. A basic explanation of how this works is that when you eat less and exercise more, your body kicks into survival mode at this reduction in caloric intake. It generates more hormones that stimulate appetite. Your brain releases signals that make you crave high-calorie foods.
Basically, your body doesn’t understand your desires, and is fighting back at every effort to reduce your caloric intake and burn more fat. A significant part of the struggle includes your body needing even less caloric intake as you lose weight and reduce your metabolic rate. That means what you do eat seems to go double toward gaining — not losing — weight.
Many people can overcome this physiological struggle and lose weight on their own. Many more can’t. If you’ve been focusing on the scale and counting calories, a shift in your basic focus may be needed. Instead of looking at numbers, it may be time to pay attention to better health and lifestyle habits.
Moreover, some people may have imbalances in some areas of health that must be remedied first, in order to achieve healthy weight loss. Seeking professional help for weight loss can solve these problems and move you closer to your weight loss and health goals.
How can medical weight loss help?
Our bodies are complicated machines. Your medical history, current condition, medications, genetics, and habits all factor into your weight loss struggle. Medical weight loss with a board-certified integrative medicine specialist like Dr. Petruzzelli includes examining all the factors that influence your weight gain and loss. This extensive battery of testing can include:
- Food elimination testing
- Genetic testing
- InBody body composition testing
- Basal metabolic rate calculation
- Resting metabolic testing
- SpectraCell micronutrient testing
- Food sensitivity testing
- GI Effects® comprehensive stool profile
After completing a battery of tests, Dr. Petruzzelli can then determine what elements are holding back your weight loss efforts and design a plan to facilitate healthy weight loss. This includes ensuring your body gets what it needs for good health while you shed unwanted pounds and inches. Your medical weight loss program can include:
- Intermittent fasting to jumpstart weight loss
- Personalized nutrition plans
- Exercises tailored to your fitness level
- Medications to control hunger or underlying health conditions
- Dietary supplements
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Lifestyle counseling
Stop taking the blame for your weight loss struggles and get the help you need from BodyLogicMD. Contact us today online or by phone to schedule a weight loss consultation.